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Nominees Announced for 9th Annual USAGEM Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on August 15, 2012 – 5:27 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} On Saturday August 11, 2012, the top nominees for the 9th Annual USAGEM Awards were officially announced by artists and members of theNashville organization during the association’s annual USAGEM Birthday Bash. This celebration, sponsored by The United States Association of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians, was held at the newly renovated KOA Campground Pavilion located on Music Valley Drive in Nashville, Tennessee.
There are a total of fifteen member-voted categories and four board appointed honors, making a total of nineteen awards that will be presented during the 9th Annual USAGEM Awards scheduled for Saturday November 17, 2012, starting at 3:00 PM. Winners of the member-voted awards will be decided from these finalists during the next final round of voting. This year’s award winners will be announced during the 9th Annual USAGEM Awards Show scheduled to be held at the historic Wallace Chapel at Christ Church in Nashville. This televised show is a part of the 9th Annual USAGEM Convention scheduled for November 16 & 17, 2012. The two hour program will be filmed for future broadcasts by the Family-Friendly Entertainment Network and will also be aired on other television networks.
USAGEM artists that participated on Saturday included Lynn Fox of The Fox Brothers; Sandi Kay Shupe of Sandi Kay & New Hickory; Michael Gardner of The Gardners; Joanne Cash Yates; Larrice Byrd of The Fairfield Four; Country hit songwriter, Glenn Tubb; Television host and producer, Dottie Tubb; Charlene Harrison; The Servants Quartet; Noel Walters & JR Richards of Gold Harbor; Singer-songwriter, Ann Hartmann; Comedian and singer Peggy Inks; Tank Tackett & Darlene Chapman of Chariot; Television host and singer, Dewitt Johnson; David Smith; Paul Sparks; Buddy & Ina Gore of Psalms 100; and Pastor of The Nashville Cowboy Church, Dr. Harry Yates.
Other members and artists who contributed by announcing various categories were Rene & Edie Jones; Jim Sheldon; The Davis Family; Daniel & Teresa Johnson; Rebekan PricDan; Bev McCann; Saxophone player, Shelton Bissell; Singer-songwriter, Tammy Vice; Chuck & Candace Kuykendall; and Roger Revette of UR1.
USAGEM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This association represents five different genres of gospel and Christian music including Christian Country, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel, Black Gospel, and Contemporary Christian. USAGEM presents five awards specifically designed for each of these categories. Other awards presented to artists by the organization are not considered to be genre specific.
In order to partake in the voting process, a participant must be a USAGEM member in good standing. In this first round of voting, members were responsible for casting their vote in a write-in ballot online at the USAGEM website, www.USAGEM.org. All votes were counted and calculated by the USAGEM Awards Committee. Each ballot was tallied in a way not to reveal the identity of the voter.
Officially, this is the 2012 USAGEM Top-Five nominees. However, because of ties, some categories contain six or seven nominees and one category contains ten.
Listed below are the top nominees in each category. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order of artist’s last name and the first word of groups’ names. The word “the” is not considered.
Gospel Entertainer Of The Year
  • Tommy Brandt
  • The Fox Brothers
  • GoldHarbor
  • Dewitt Johnson
  • Allison Speer
  • The Waymasters
  • Joanne Cash Yates
Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • Tommy Brandt
  • Larrice Byrd
  • David Davis
  • Darrel Friszell
  • Dewitt Johnson
  • Rene Jones
  • Chuck Kuykendall
  • Tank Tackett
  • Chris Unthank
  • Noel Walters
Female Vocalist Of The Year
  • Darlene Chapman
  • ReginaGardner
  • Teresa Johnson
  • Bev McCann
  • Becky Davis Short
  • Sandi Kay Shupe
Duo Of The Year
  • TheDavisFamily
  • The Hemphills
  • Lewis & Lewis
  • The Pearly Gates
  • Southern Faith
Vocal Group Of The Year
  • For Heaven’s Sake
  • The Fox Brothers
  • TheGardners
  • GoldHarbor
  • Joe Arview & Thunder
  • Leipers ForkBluegrass
  • Psalms 100
  • The Servants Quartet
  • The Waymasters
Musician Of The Year
  • Joe Arview
  • SheltonBissell
  • Larrice Byrd
  • Jim Frable
  • John Rees
  • Jay Shupe
Song Of The Year
  • Bible By Her Bed – Rene Jones
  • Cost Of The Call – Joanne Cash Yates
  • Don’t Cry For Me – Teresa Johnson
  • God Has Got A Plan For Me – Chariot
  • I’d Do It All Over Again – The Gardners
  • Jesus’ Grace – Mona Faith
  • My Sons – Sandi Kay & New Hickory
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year
  • Ann Hartmann
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Glenn Tubb
  • Tammy Vice
  • Jimmy Jack Whitaker
New Artist Of The Year
  • Alverson Boyd
  • Darlene Chapman
  • Chariot
  • Mike Dunbar
  • Rebekah PricDan
  • Jim Sheldon
  • Paul Sparks
Comedian Of The Year
  • Lynn Fox
  • Roy Fox
  • Peggy Inks
  • Cheryl Jackson
  • Tank Tackett
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award
  • TheDavisFamily
  • TheGardners
  • The Kent Smith Family
  • The Servants Quartet
  • Paul Sparks
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award
  • Gary Brock
  • The Fox Brothers
  • Ann Hartmann
  • Rene Jones
  • Bev McCann
  • Russ Murphy
  • Southern Faith
Black Gospel Crown Jewel Award
  • Larrice Byrd
  • Charlene Harrison
  • Dewitt Johnson
  • Thelmarie Johnson
  • Tommie Lewis
Bluegrass Gospel Crown Jewel Award
  • Good News Boys
  • Leipers ForkBluegrass
  • NewJerusalem
  • Sandi Kay & NewHickory
  • The Waymasters
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award
  • Danny Jones
  • New Journey
  • Rebekah PricDan
  • Ransom Heart
  • Roger Revette & UR1
  • Pam Seaman
  • Lynn Royce Taylor

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Dysart Family on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on May 14, 2012 – 6:58 am -

The members of The Dysart Family are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is The Gardners, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, OK, to hear The Blackwood Brothers sing. Jean reviews a new CD by Lanita Wright, and the show features singing by Three Bridges and a vintage video by The Hoppers, and David Bruce Murray looks at the history of The Dove Brothers Quartet. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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8th Annual USAGEM Awards A Huge Success

Written by SGN Scoops on November 26, 2011 – 2:00 pm -

 EHA-Nashville, TN –The televised 8th Annual USAGEM Awards Show was held on Saturday November 19, 2011 at the historic Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville , Tennessee .  The three hour show was filmed by Fresh Well Media for future television broadcasts on the Family Friendly Entertainment Network.
 
Appropriately, Melanie Walker opened the show with a flawless performance of her upbeat, hand-clapping song, “Walking In Jerusalem”.   
 
The Fox Brothers were the hosts of the show and kept the show moving with introductions of performers and presenters by means of their own brand of humor and wit.  They garnered three awards including the Gospel Entertainer Of The Year, Vocal Group Of The Year, and the Christian Country Crown Jewel Award.  Group member and funnyman, Roy Fox received the Comedian Of The Year award.  The Fox Brothers closed the show with their popular rendition of an American patriotic favorite, “God Bless The USA”.
 
Members of the popular southern gospel singing group, The Gardners accepted three awards including the Song Of The Year accolades for their song “Sign Me Up”. They also received the Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award. Group member Regina Gardner was the recipient of the coveted Female Vocalist Of The Year Award. 
 
One emotional highlight of the show was the awarding of the organization’s most prestigious honor, The Diamond Award to USAGEM’s past president and Pearly Gates members, Daniel and Teresa Johnson.  This award is a lifetime achievement honor presented to USAGEM members who show a great commitment to God, Christian service, and dedication to USAGEM.  A further emotional highlight was the presentation of the Sapphire Award to Don Inks for his behind the scenes work and devotion to the USAGEM organization.  Don is the husband and manager of Christian country artist, Peggy Inks. The Emerald Award was presented to Kent Smith Family member and founder, Kent Smith; and the Ruby Award went to television producer and radio host, Tommie Lewis. 
 
The Male Vocalist Of The Year Award was presented to one of the organization’s perennial favorites, Rene Jones.  He and his wife, Edie Jones presented an impeccable performance of their brand new Christian Country chart single, “Bible By Her Bed”. 
 
Danny Jones did a superb performance of his self-penned song “Dream Giver”, a song featured in the upcoming faith-based movie “Secrets In The Snow”.  Jones also garnered the Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award, his very first USAGEM trophy.
 
Newcomer, Russ Murphy had the enthusiastic crowd on their feet as he performed his hit single and patriotic song “My America” and comedian nominee Cheryl Jackson performed a very impressive stand-up comedy routine which had everyone laughing with her side-splitting, hilarious wit.
 
The Duo Of The Year Award was presented for the second time to Lewis & Lewis; The Musician Of The Year accolades went to Nashville producer and pianist, John Rees; The Accoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year was awarded to Christian country singer and songwriter, Ann Hartmann; The New Artist Of The Year honors went to new southern gospel group, The Davis Family; The Black Gospel Crown Jewel was awarded to television host and singer, Dewitt Johnson; and bluegrass group Leipers Fork Bluegrass were first time recipients of the Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award.
 
Charlene Harrison’s very stirring presentation of “How Great Thou Art”, and For Heaven’s Sake’s very powerful performance of “God’s Still Faithful” left the crowd wanting more.  Sandi Kay & New Hickory once again brought the house down with their intricate bluegrass picking and singing as they performed “I Can See Clearly Now”.
 
More performance highlights included several featured special performances.  New Artist nominees Allison Speer, Mark Brown, David Smith, Paul Sparks, Sunday Edition, and The Davis Family received a standing ovation for their moving and powerful performance of “Because He Lives”, a song made famous by the legendary Speer Family.  Song Of The Year nominees Glenn Tubb, The Pearly Gates, Tank Tackett, Joe Arview and Thunder, and The Gardners each proudly and flawlessly performed a portion of their top five nominated songs.  Musician nominees Shelton Bissell, Jim Frable, John Rees, and Jay Shupe performed an upbeat “I’ll Fly Away” while young USAGEM members Summer & Autumn Ryan performed their clogging routine, a bonus delight to audience members.
 
As a special highlight this year, in order to commemorate the addition of the Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Award, a special songwriter’s round was featured and included performances by the top five nominees.  Ann Hartmann, Daniel Johnson, Glenn Tubb, Tammy Vice, and Jimmy Jack Whitaker each performed a portion of one of their favorite self-penned songs.  During this performance, a surprise special guest appearance by Nashville songwriter, Wood Newton added a special flavor to this already great songwriter’s collaboration.  Wood has written many hit songs including “Bobbie Sue” made famous by The Oak Ridge Boys.
 
Bev McCann performed a very touching tribute to respected USAGEM member and award winner Amanda Fessant, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.  She was only 34 years old.  Bev performed a medley of songs of Amanda’s favorite gospel hymns including “Amazing Grace”, “I Surrender All”, and “This World Is Not My Home”.
 
Special segment hosts were Rev. Harry Yates, Joanne Cash Yates, Peggy Inks, and Melanie Walker. Some award presenters were Brian & Allison Speer; media representative, Evie Hawkins; Mona Faith and Rev. Gene Fant; Don and Sandra Lee Burdick; Last Chance members James Burns and Mark Fuqua; and David Smith of the duo, David & Carrie Smith.  Other presenters included Stephen Fryar; Marty Merchant; Darlene Chapman; Tommie Lewis; Roger Revette; Sheila Berry; Jim Babcock; Laura Mathy; Kent Smith; Ray Lewis; Dottie Tubb; and The Toneys.
 
The USAGEM Awards Show is a production of the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  For more information please visit www.USAGEM.org or www.MyUSAGEM.org 
 
Below is a full list of 2011 USAGEM award winners.
 
Gospel Entertainer Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Rene Jones
Female Vocalist Of The Year: Regina Gardner
Duo Of The Year: Lewis & Lewis
Group Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Song Of The Year: “Sign Me Up” by The Gardners
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year: Ann Hartmann
New Artist Of The Year: The Davis Family
Musician Of The Year: John Rees
Comedian Of The Year: Roy Fox
Diamond Award: Daniel & Teresa Johnson
Emerald Award: Tommie Lewis
Ruby Award: Kent Smith
Sapphire Award: Don Inks
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award: The Gardners
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award: Danny Jones
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award: The Fox BrothersBlack Gospel Crown Jewel Award: Dewitt Johnson
Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award: Leipers Fork Bluegrass


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The Gardners Are Unsinkable On New Recording

Written by Rhonda on October 1, 2010 – 3:14 am -

HUNTLAND, Tenn. – (September 30, 2010) – Zion Music Group recording artist The Gardners are excited to announce the release of their brand new recording – Unsinkable. Unsinkable is the first release for the popular trio since being promoted to Zion Records. Unsinkable features the trademark country Gospel meets Black Gospel sound that The Gardners have become known for over the years.

Tracks for the new album were recorded at Oak Valley Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Unsinkable was the last album to record tracks at this historic studio and features some of the industry’s best players including Gary Primm, Duncan Mullins, John Hammond, Milton Smith, Brent Mason, John Willis, and Sonny Garrish.

Vocals for the new recording were recorded at Hilltop Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was mixed at Kilowatt Studios in Murfreesboro, TN by Kevin McManus and Kevin Ward. Chip Davis, Gayle Mayes-Stuart, and Angie Primm are also featured on background vocals

“We definitely feel like this is our finest release to date,” mentioned Mitch Gardner of The Gardners. “This recording has been a long time coming, and we’re excited to share these songs with the people that we get the chance to minister to.”

Unsinkable features songs written by group members Mitch Gardner and Michael Gardner as well as popular writers like Karen Harding, Carroll McGruder, Kenny Hinson, and many more.

The Gardners will debut their new single from the recording in the coming weeks. In the mean time, they can be heard on Southern Gospel radio all across the country, and fans are encouraged to call and request their latest single “I’ve Had Enough.”

The Gardners made their first tour stop to Brussels, Belgium earlier this year.  The popular trio, who consists of Pastors Mitch and Regina Gardner in addition to Mitch’s twin brother Michael, were surprised with a trip to visit Missionaries Phillip and Brenda Ciulla as part of a Pastor’s Appreciation gift from their church last year.

More information on the Gardners can be found at http://www.thegardners.com.

About The Gardners
Based out of Huntland, Tennessee, the Gardners are a Southern Gospel music ministry that has spanned more than 40 years of musical excellence.  Whether performing in small churches or major Gospel music events, the Gardners are a busy group, frequently performing and proclaiming their musical Gospel outside the traditional boundaries of the four walls of a church.  Today the group is made up of twin brothers Michael and Mitch Gardner and Mitch’s wife, Regina.  Together, they form a dynamic trio that features tight harmonies and well-written songs that are penned by the siblings.


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The Gardners to Host 2010 Gospel Music Fest!

Written by Rhonda on August 24, 2010 – 2:27 pm -

HUNTLAND, Tenn. – (August 24, 2010) – Zion Music Group recording artist The Gardners will be hosting their annual Gospel Music Fest this month.  The exciting event will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Huntland City Park in Huntland, Tennessee.  The event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s Gospel Music Fest promises to be one of the best.  In addition to The Gardners, Gospel Music Fest will feature one of the Gospel music industry’s most prized groups – Gold City.

Michael Gardner of the The Gardners said, “Gold City is the best of the best, and we are so excited that they can be a part of our event this year! We’ve been huge fans for years, and we know the people that come out every year will love these guys!”

“Our event has become known around the area as a relaxed evening where people can hear great Gospel music,” mentioned Mitch Gardner of The Gardners. “We know this year will be no different!”

All proceeds from Gospel Music Fest will benefit Huntland High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.  In addition, the club provides an annual scholarship to a deserving Christian athlete and meets weekly for prayer, devotion, breakfast, and fellowship. 

The event will also feature a special performance by FCA members and Raise to Praise.

For more information or to make a donation for this event, contact Michael Gardner at (931) 703-9185.  For directions, visit The Gardners’ website at http://www.thegardners.com.

Fans are encouraged to listen for The Gardners’ current radio release, “I’ve Had Enough” at Southern Gospel radio now.  The Gardners are preparing for the release of a brand new project with Zion Music Group.

More information on the Gardners can be found at http://www.thegardners.com.

About the Gardners
Based out of Huntland, Tennessee, the Gardners are a Southern Gospel music ministry that has spanned more than 40 years of musical excellence.  Whether performing in small churches or major Gospel music events, the Gardners are a busy group, frequently performing and proclaiming their musical Gospel outside the traditional boundaries of the four walls of a church.  Today the group is made up of twin brothers Michael and Mitch Gardner and Mitch’s wife, Regina.  Together, they form a dynamic trio that features tight harmonies and well-written songs that are penned by the siblings.


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The Gardners Featured On SouthernGospelTimes.com

Written by Scoops Staff on May 15, 2010 – 2:21 pm -

HUNTLAND, Tenn.  – Zion Music Group recording artist The Gardners are currently featured on the popular Southern Gospel website SouthernGospelTimes.com.  The Gardners are the featured interview on the much read “And Now, Introducing…” article.

“And Now, Introducing…” is a series of articles designed to introduce upcoming or emerging artists in the Southern Gospel community to a new batch of fans.  The article on The Gardners focuses on their history as a performer and minister, their biggest spiritual and musical influences, the future of their ministry, and much more.

“We’d like to thank the fine folks over at SouthernGospelTimes.com for featuring us,” mentioned Mitch Gardner of The Gardners. “We are honored to be featured on such an impressive site that focuses on Southern Gospel music!”

To read the article on The Gardners, visit SouthernGospelTimes.com.

The Gardners recently made their first tour stop to Brussels, Belgium earlier this year.  The popular trio, who consists of Pastors Mitch and Regina Gardner in addition to Mitch’s twin brother Michael, were surprised with a trip to visit Missionaries Phillip and Brenda Ciulla as part of a Pastor’s Appreciation gift from their church last year.

The Gardners recently wrapped up recording their new album for Zion Music Group. More information on that will be released at a later date!

More information on the Gardners can be found at http://www.thegardners.com.


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The Gardners Make Mission Stop in Brussels, Belgiu

Written by Scoops Staff on May 5, 2010 – 10:36 pm -

HUNTLAND, Tenn. – Zion Music Group recording artist The Gardners made their first tour stop to Brussels, Belgium earlier this year.  The popular trio, who consists of Pastors Mitch and Regina Gardner in addition to Mitch’s twin brother Michael, were surprised with a trip to visit Missionaries Phillip and Brenda Ciulla as part of a Pastor’s Appreciation gift from their church last year.

“We were so shocked with this wonderful gift from our congregation,” mentioned Mitch Gardner. “We have wanted to visit Belgium and our friends The Ciullas for so long. This was a dream come true for our family.”

The Gardners visited the missionaries in Brussels, Belgium from March 24-31, 2010. The group ministered in two churches while there and were invited to participate in the United Pentecostal Church International of Neville’s annual Gospel concert in 2011 as the featured artist.

Mitch continued, “The trip was truly a blessing and a trip of a lifetime!  We were humbled by the acceptance of our music at both of the Belgium churches we attended while there.”

The Gardners recently wrapped up recording their new album for Zion Music Group. More information on that will be released at a later date!

More information on the Gardners can be found at http://www.thegardners.com.
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